- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) - Officials in North Carolina tested a 91-foot passenger ferry from Boston that stopped in Hatteras Village last week.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (https://bit.ly/1PdNKIq ) the Provincetown III was used for the trips, which are part of a study conducted by Volkert Inc. of Raleigh to determine how to cut down on long lines and improve tourism in Ocracoke.

According to Ferry Division statistics, last summer the number of vehicles using the six Hatteras ferries dropped to 115,000 compared to an average of 139,000 from the three previous summers.

Hyde County Manager Bill Rich also says tourists visiting Ocracoke fell by 450 people a day.

The project has drawn interest from boat builders.



The company plans to complete their study by the end of the year.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com

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